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Announcement: New languages added to Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator)

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Announcement: New languages added to Microsoft Translator (and Bing Translator)

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A little while ago I was asked to figure out a solution to a user experience problem that was affecting some of our offerings such as the widget, the Bing text and web page translators. A “bug” was assigned to me, asking me to weigh in on how to deal with a problem of plenty: Given we were about to add a substantial set of new languages we were running out of space to display them properly. What could be a quick interim fix?

Several months ago, while announcing the availability of Hebrew in our language list, I had requested our community of users what else they wanted to see supported. Taking into account all the feedback that came in since then, we have been hard at work to add support to new languages. This is why it’s always a pleasure to encounter problems like the one above – they indicate that this work was coming to fruition.

I am happy to announce the addition of seven new languages to our translation service. As always, they will be immediately available for your use through the APIs and all the products that consume the service. Here is the list of languages that have been added in the latest release. In addition there have been several updates to the Haitian Creole language since we last talked about it here.

New languages:

ROM - Romanian
NOR - Norwegian
HUN - Hungarian
SKY - Slovak
SLO - Slovenian
LTH - Lithuanian
TRK – Turkishimage

This brings our languages supported number to 30 languages. Here is the full list:

Currently available:

ARA - Arabic
CHS - Chinese Simplified
CHT - Chinese Traditional
NLD - Dutch
ENU - English
FRA - French
DEU - German
HEB – Hebrew
HT – Haitian Creole
ITA - Italian
JPN - Japanese
KOR - Korean
PLK - Polish
PTB - Portuguese
RUS - Russian
ESN - Spanish
CSY - Czech
DAN - Danish
ELL - Greek
SVE - Swedish
THA - Thai
BGR - Bulgarian
FIN – Finnish
ROM - Romanian
NOR - Norwegian
HUN - Hungarian
SKY - Slovak
SLO - Slovenian
LTH - Lithuanian
TRK - Turkish

Head on over to our forums if you have specific feedback or looking for discussions about these new languages. We continue to work on adding even more languages to the service, so please keep sending us feedback and stay tuned for other announcements on this blog.

With the addition of these new languages, the approach I recommended in the short term is visible in the translation toolbar – the language list uses a smaller font size. In the future, we intend to move to either a multiple column list, or another style of display for the list.

I will look forward to more such problems, since it means we are meeting more expectations from you - our users. Enjoy the new languages!

 

- Vikram Dendi, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Translator

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  • Please add Hindi(Indian) Language to your translation application.

    Its very widely used language in the world.

  • What about MACEDONIAN, Serbian or Croatian language?

  • Branding question- should the service be referred to as Microsoft Translator or Bing Translator? The various references on Microsoft's doc sites *now* refer to it as Microsoft Translator, but at one point it seemed the branding was leaning towards Bing Translator: en.wikipedia.org/.../Microsoft_Translator

    Please also include this answer on the FAQ so that others can easily bing it.

  • @Gary - good question. We should definitely make this clearer on the blog and FAQ. Microsoft Translator is the brand name for the machine translation technology, service and associated tools/prototypes/SDKs. Bing Translator is specifically the name for Bing's end user focused offerings - the text translation site (translator.bing.com) and the webpage translation service.

    thanks!

    Microsoft Translator team

  • I would be very much helped by having a Latin translater included.

  • Please add URDU language too.

  • persian trans?

  • Thanks for making your wishes for additional languages known. This helps us make better decisions.

  • Dear Vikram,

    We would support adding Kyrgyz language to your service. Can you please tell us what should we do? We currently have a database of tmx files with 1 million words of translations in Kyrgyz language paired with English.

    Thanks in advance.

  • It seems that this article was made "Microsoft Translator 1 Mar 2010 2:57 AM"... Would you please update it so that we could see the complete latest list of available languages plus its language codes? This help me update my current app, thanks!

  • Hi Kenneth,  

    The full list of languages with codes can be found here:  msdn.microsoft.com/.../hh456380.aspx.  You can also generate the list programmatically through a call to our API (GetLanguageNames, GetLanguagesForTranslate).

    Hope that helps.

    Will Lewis

    Microsoft Translator Team

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